August 20, 2018: SOAP #3182:  Jeremiah 48-49; Psalm 67; 1John 1 Scripture:  1John (NIV) 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. […]

August 20, 2018: SOAP #3182:  Jeremiah 48-49; Psalm 67; 1John 1

Scripture:  1John (NIV) 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

Observation:   I have yet to meet a person claiming to have lived a perfect life.   We all have a line of acceptable behavior, and, at some time, have all fallen below our own line right and wrong.   So, as in verse 8, claiming to have never sinned is deceiving ourselves.   And, as in verse 10, claiming to have never sinned is calling God a liar for He says, 'all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.'

Our predicament is hopeless without the verse in the middle, verse 9.   Acknowledging the truth, agreeing with God that I have sinned, I discover that God not only forgives, He purifies me from all unrighteousness!

 

Application:   What a God!   He did for me what I could not do for myself!     He forgave me and purified me from all unrighteousness!   It is amazing.   And He sent the Holy Spirit to live in me empowering me to resist temptation.   And he continues to forgive me and cleanse me as needed!   I am humbled!

Prayer:      Heavenly Father, thank you for your forgiveness provided for me through the death of your Son, Jesus!   Thank you for your Holy Spirit living in me, helping me to resist temptation.   Thank you that you continue to forgive me and continue to cleanse me from all unrighteousness!   Thank you for being what I need!   It humbles me to say it, but You are the perfect God for me!   Amen

Pastor Leon
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